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Homeless Cats

This Swedish quartet arose out of Harvester/International Harvester at the tail end of the 1960s, combining psychedelia with Scandinavian folk music into a droning, hypnotic sound all their own. On their debut album, they covered "All Along the Watchtower" and "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" in drawn-out fashion, making the songs utterly their own, and 40 years later, they're still one of the most unique bands around. There are some decidedly unexpected sounds on this album, notably "Sommardisco," which is the sound of the band pumping out a disco-funk rhythm and sounds like it was recorded live -- not surprising, given that the band has nearly as many live albums as studio releases. By the track's end, of course, it's evolved into a loud guitar jam of the type Träd Gräs och Stenar are known for. "Frukta Inte Norrskenet" is much more improvised sounding, with skittery, almost free jazz drums and guitarists Bo Anders Persson and Jakob Sjöholm taking off in a way that recalls Keiji Haino and other heroes of the Japanese underground (the group has toured Japan with Acid Mothers Temple in the past). They also showcase a quiet, meditative side, though, as on the drifting "När Drömmen Var Som Vackrast," an almost mantra-like track that rings out with long rippling tones before feeding into the bluesy, acid-drenched "Ensamhetens Törnen." The passage of four decades hasn't diminished this group's creativity or energy in the slightest.

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Release Date: 06/09/2009
Label: Subliminal Sounds
UPC: 7320470112557
catalogNumber: 2009
Rank: 109811

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